Motivated Barnes Ready To Be Leader For Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina sophomore Harrison Barnes knows the Tar Heels accomplished a lot last season with their late-season surge. The preseason All-American says he's driven to accomplish the goals that were unmet during his first year in college.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barnes says falling short of goals such as winning a national championship "gives me a lot of motivation for this year."

The 19-year-old seems far more at ease now than a year ago, when expectations dogged the 6-foot-8 forward before he even played a game. He's bulked up in the weight room and doesn't sound like he will struggle being considered the top player on the No. 1 team in the country.

The top-ranked Tar Heels face Michigan State on Friday in the Carrier Classic.

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